4 Tips to Keep Your Children Safe This Halloween


                         Halloween is an amazing family holiday. It’s a fun, social outing for all, particularly children who look forward to seeing their neighbors turn their walkways and garages into haunted adventures.   Unfortunately, as child safety experts, we also see the not-so-safe side of Halloween. In most neighborhoods, there are lots of children as young as 6 and 7, walking around without grownups, knocking on strangers’ doors for candy.

                        Don’t let your children become a predator’s dream.  Here are four ways to keep your children safe this Halloween.


1)    Before you leave your house, check out if your area has a sex offender database. If so, see any registered offenders live in your neighborhood. Make sure your children don’t knock on the registered offender’s door for candy. If your child is allowed to go out alone or with friends, then make sure he or she understands what an offender is and to stay clear of that house – even if that house has the best decorations on the block.


2)    Use the “buddy system.” It seems like common sense, but many kids are telling us they are walking around by themselves. If your child does not have a group, you need to go with him or her. Moms – don’t stay home to give out the candy. Instead, set a time you will walk around with your child, and then come home and give out candy. And remember while you’re out: the international signal for “no candy” is a porch light turned off.


3)    Only go to people’s homes you know. We’ve had children tell us they are allowed to go to every house in their neighborhood. Remember stranger danger. The best thing to do for your family is to know your neighbors before it comes time to trick or treat.


4)    Make sure your kids know to never – ever – go into anyone’s house. There are some pretty frightening stories about kids knocking on the door and being told to come in and get candy. Even if our children may not understand the danger of going into a house, you do. So before your child goes trick or treating, sit down and have a discussion about the rule.



So this Halloween, be sure to sit down with your children and discuss a plan of action for their safety. Make sure this fun, family night doesn’t become a nightmare.


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"I'm so grateful that KidSafe has partnered with my daughter's school.  I learned so much in the parent training--how to recognize potential sexual predator behavior; how to quiz my child about what they would do in different scenarios; and how to explain safe and unsafe touch.  In addition, knowing that my daughter is receiving weekly trainings on these topics gives me great peace of mind.  I have confidence that I can reinforce what she is learning in school in order to prevent her from ever being a victim of such a heinous crime.  Thank you KidSafe for your dedication to protecting our communities' most vulnerable citizens."

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“It was a normal Saturday and I was at the rink with my 7 and 8 year old. My son asked me if he could use the Men’s Restroom by himself.  Without hesitation, my daughter said,  Absolutely not! I was in KidSafe today and you cannot go to the restroom alone.  It is very important that Mommy is with you.. with us.   I was so proud of my little girl!  We are so blessed to have Debbie Miller at our school teaching our children the importance of safety. Many thanks to you all!  Your program and instruction is absolutely amazing.  Keep up the great work!"  

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